When "Massacre" is a Beautiful Thing

I have the privilege and honor of serving on the Board of the most amazing company, Equessence. It is a horse (or “hippo”) therapy company using horseback riding to improve the quality of life for primarily autistic children, even tho, it also serves children and adults with all sorts of other disabilities as well. The transformation of these children as they ride these amazing animals, specially trained to protectively carry these little riders, is nothing short of magical. Many go from not being able to communicate verbally in any way — to becoming conversational. Some go from not even being able to hold their head up — to being able to sit up for long periods of time. Others find self-esteem built as they bond with these big horses and accomplish goals, and other still find vast improvements in their social skills after interacting with the horses, their instructor, and their riding peers.

I’m so excited about a photo opportunity I will be participating in this Friday. I will be shooting an event called “The Valentine’s Day Massacre”. It is a big, fun event held at the Kendall County Fair Grounds in Boerne, Texas, put on by one of Equessence’s great supporters and friends: The Gypsies — a “rough and tough” (they want you to think that anyway, but their huge compassionate hearts really give them away 🙂 group of motorcycle bikers. There will be acres and acres of all sorts of things happening that will raise funds for Equessence and one other non-profit organization it sponsors.

Can you imagine the amazing photos I’m going to get in a sea of edgy, maverick motorcycle types, along with their kids and the Kendall County community. My new 5D is quivering with anticipation 🙂 And you can bet, I’ll share some of the days events and of course photos on my blog 🙂

The top photo here is a photo of my sister, Judy, who is the founder of Equessence. She is nuzzling up to one of her affectionate, child-friendly horses 🙂 The bottom picture is one of the kids after winning a silver medal at the Equestrian Special Olympics. I think she looks much prouder of the fact that she has made her daddy proud than she is of winning her own medal 🙂

About Sandy

I'm Sandy Powers, full-time photographer, doing what I love with my life! My passion is PEOPLE! There is such artistry in people, and I love capturing it. Naturally, portraiture is my passion, but I also love shooting for the art of photography for competitions or exhibit. I once watched an interview with Kim Walker, a well-known Christian worship leader. What she said resonated with me and pretty much describes my own story. In the interview, she said she didn't have to force things to happen for herself. She didn't have to push. She didn't have to overly promote herself or call people and beg them to hire her. In fact, she didn't have to do anything except keep her eyes on Jesus and watch Him bring her destiny to her. That's exactly how I feel. I walk each day by faith, and my eyes are on Him! I have watched in amazement as He has orchestrated circumstance to bring my destiny to me. I thank Him daily for allowing me to not only do what I love, but to use what I love to bless others! So, how is "the destiny" unfolding? Well. . . . My work has been juried into temporary museum and art gallery exhibits, I have been featured in Outdoor Photographer Magazine, my portraiture and fine art have won several awards in national and international competitions, and one of my portraits was selected by an Adobe Lightroom blog as one of the top 50 most stunning black and white photos. I'm a member of Professional Photographers of America and the Texas Photographic Society. Anything else??? Send me a note (Sandy@SandyP.net) any time! I LOVE meeting new people, sharing stories, and best of all, changing the "ordinary" to extraordinary through photography!
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1 Response to When "Massacre" is a Beautiful Thing

  1. Jen says:

    I can’t wait to see your pictures, Sandy. I’m sure they’ll be amazing, as always!

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